One of the most competitive basketball academies in the country, the Connecticut Basketball Academy, repeatedly churns out top players. They make it look easy, but the truth is that so does any institution with the resources to screen for only the most talented youth and the staff and facilities to help these youth athletes achieve their full potential. So what is an average youth sports coach to do when they don’t have access to all of the latest and greatest and most expensive everything that professional academies do? The truth is that many of the greatest players of all time didn’t grow up in a basketball academy - which should give you the confidence to know that you too can help every one of your players to look like the star they are when their feet hit that court.
Skill is the number one thing that basketball players need. Skill can be learned and practiced and honed in a way that raw talent cannot. It is true that talent matters. But with hard work and practice anyone can improve their skills. A team full of skilled kids is going to make everyone look great.
The definition of a skill is quite simple and elegant:
In the case of basketball, basic skills that are needed to play the game at any level include:
The best way to teach and develop these skills in your players is to incorporate them into drills and practice. Hustle Fitness has all of the resources you need for this on our website and in our app.
USA Basketball is the largest basketball organization in the US outside of the NBA. It is self-described as:
A nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and licensing, and safety.
As a leader of the sport it fully promotes using positivity in communication as an inspiration and training method. They use words like, “positive attitude” and “communication,” “we over me” and “good times.” Time Magazine, in their article, The Key to Making Your Kid a Star Athlete, reiterates this sentiment, “clap, don’t correct.”
This is not to say that constructive criticism is not going to help people learn. Certainly part of being a coach is to help the players understand how they can improve, but this is about tone of voice and encouragement and focusing more on what they are doing right than telling them what they are doing wrong. This will inspire your players to be their best because they will feel good about themselves all the time.
The more complex the plays you are asking the team to make, the more room there is for error. A simple strategy can be just as effective as a very advanced one if your players practice it and execute it in perfect synchrony. When this happens it will make the team, and everyone on it look great - because the team moves as one entity and works together to execute wins.
Youth have less developed brains than adults and so it stands to reason that these simpler strategies will help them do better. In this way you are not only helping them achieve results, but also to look like stars.
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